(FOX 9) - An election year clash was set in motion on Sunday, as President Trump unveiled his nominee to fill the seat left vacant on the Supreme Court following the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Saturday, the president nominated federal appellate judge Amy Coney Barrett to serve in the seat.
Senate Republicans have vowed to move forward with Barrett's confirmation as Democrats say the seat should be filled by whoever wins the 2020 election.
Along with serving as a judge, Barrett is a mother of seven, a wife, and a professor at Notre Dame Law School.
"The president has nominated me to serve on the Supreme Court and that institution belongs to all of us. If confirmed, I would not assume that role for my own circle or for my own sake. I would assume this role to serve you."
Former Minnesota U.S. Attorney and University of St. Thomas law professor Rachel Paulose says we saw hints of how she might rule from the bench.
"She spoke as someone who was committed, is committed to the idea that judges are not policymakers but they apply," Paulose explained. "Judges apply the law as written, regardless of whether or not they agree or disagree with that law."
While there seems to be agreement Barrett has enough experience for the job, there are concerns her conservative personal views may affect some historic decisions on healthcare and abortion.
"There’s fear she would overturn Roe v. Wade and make it more difficult for women to terminate a pregnancy," explained Hamline political science professor David Schultz.
If confirmed, the question will be how Barrett's personal views will shape her decisions on the bench.
"I think she made very clear today that she will be fair, she will look at the constitution and she will look at the law," said Paulose.
"There’s going to be a point where, subjectively, that our way of looking at the world is influenced by who we are, and her way of looking at the law is influenced from the perspective she has," concluded Schultz.
With Republicans in control of the Senate, Democrats have few options to stop the confirmation. It's unlikely the process will be complete before the election. However, President Trump and the Senate could move forward with the confirmation before the end of the year, no matter who wins in November.